Movie theaters go out of style

The end of movie theaters is here.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

What’s happening: At first, movie theaters were closed, and then when they opened, many people were still concerned about the risk of gathering indoors with strangers.

  • Production companies responded to this trend by making new films available online at the same time as in theaters. Warner Bros. committed to releasing all of its 2021 movies on HBO Max on the same day they debuted in theatres.
  • And now the studio says it will produce 10 films exclusively for HBO Max in 2022.

Are you willing to pay $14 a person to see Alex Baldwin, who hates American, openly hates the Constitution and wants Donald Trump locked up.  I refuse to watch the hypocrites, the elites and those that support bigotry and pay good money to do so.

Movie theaters go out of style

 

Erica Pandey, Axios,   12/5/21  

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren’t rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

What’s happening: At first, movie theaters were closed, and then when they opened, many people were still concerned about the risk of gathering indoors with strangers.

  • Production companies responded to this trend by making new films available online at the same time as in theaters. Warner Bros. committed to releasing all of its 2021 movies on HBO Max on the same day they debuted in theatres.
  • And now the studio says it will produce 10 films exclusively for HBO Max in 2022.

So now former moviegoers can watch new movies at home, maskless and with free snacks.

What’s next: David Herrin, the head of The Quorum, told the Times that people listed some changes that would encourage them to head back to theaters — like newer seats and cheaper popcorn.

  • If theaters want to stay afloat, they’ll have to remind people there’s something magical about going to the movies that you can’t recreate in your own living room.
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Comments

  1. Robert Niz says

    Remind us of the theatre experience. Overpriced stale popcorn, food and snacks. Sticky seats and people who wont shut up, etc. No thank you, I’ll stay at home.

  2. The first thought is why then are cities closing streets? There is no reason to have them closed for “walkers” to get to theaters. But wait are not these the same types that buy lunch or dinner? Another loss.

    The mind set is the lost set with these types.

    They want no autos, they want “Pack’m & Stack’m” housing that become the ghettos of the future.

    Theaters are just a symptom of the illness.

  3. Marty Ferguson says

    Extreme snack prices was the reason why we quit going. The last movie (shiver!!) we saw was the premiere of FROZEN 2 but our daughter was so busy running up and down the aisle that we decided to wait for these films to go to DVD. Now it’s just habit

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